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Good Starter Set. Has Some Nice Features.,
This review is from: Jamie Oliver by T-fal C942SA Nonstick Hard Anodized Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Cookware Set, 10-Piece, Black (Kitchen)
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The Jamie Oliver by T-fal 10 piece cookware set is a good beginner set for someone just getting married or setting up their first apartment. It comes with all the pieces you need to do basic beginner cooking, although I like to use a separate steamer, and this set comes with a device to use for steaming with the saucepan/stockpot.
The thermo-spot feature is something new. Centered in the three frying pans, the red center turns a solid red when it's preheated and ready for use, to "seal in the flavor of your food." The cookware has a nice weight to it and also has the useful feature of having silicone coatings on the handles, to keep the handles from becoming too hot. This feature, while useful for not burning your hands, does prevent you from using these frying pans under the broiler in the oven. The user of these pans needs to keep that in mind.
Time will tell if the nonstick surface lasts over time. In my experience, it doesn't. Of course, washing these pans with a soapy, wet, soft cloth will help keep the nonstick surface intact longer. Using the dishwasher and of course, using metal utensils to cook with are not recommended. The pamphlet also recommends users not use cooking spray, saying that it may "increase an invisible build-up on the surface of the pan that will affect the pan's nonstick properties." I fried an egg in the smallest frying pan this morning, without using a cooking spray, and the egg did not slide easily out of the pan. Even though the yoke was medium cooked, I had to nudge the egg out of the pan with a wooden spoon hard enough to break the yolk. In short, I've seen better non-stick cookware, but again, it doesn't last more than a year anyway.
The skillets included with this set are obviously for grilling sandwiches because they are quite shallow and frying chicken, for instance, would be impossible due to the oil needed to do so.
I'm sure there are additional pieces that can be purchased separately to expand this set of cookware.
So pluses are: nice weight, innovative thermo-spot heat indicator and silicone coated handles. The glass tops are nice too. Cons, to me, are the sizes of the pans as they are all just a tad too small for my family of four. I surmise this set is marketed for a couple or single person that intends on cooking small portions only. Also, I'm not impressed so far with the non-stick surface and it does seem to me that a nonstick spray would be useful, but there is that disclaimer about it affecting the pans nonstick properties over time. So buyer beware on that one.
Overall, not a bad set for the price. It would make a nice wedding gift or housewarming gift. Even though the set comes with a lifetime warranty and T-fal is obviously a company that has been around awhile, I can't recommend this set to serious chefs.
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2012 1:29:15 AM PDT
Kat Leon says:
I have a T-Fal dutch oven which I use to cook my fried chicken in...keeps the spattering grease off my stove and floor.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 11:28:30 AM PDT
Pamela V says:
Sure, you can do that! I just use a deep skillet. That way some air does get to the chicken with the lid off and to me, it seems like the chicken is crispier.
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